Today I was busy building a swarm trap, which isn't really a trap as the bees can leave any time. So it really should be called a swarm lure. We see it as a way to save a passing swarm by providing a suitable home for them. A swarm in the wild will usually die if a suitable new home can't be located.
The trap is essentially a small hive box that holds six full frames. We also put a small plastic bag with tissue in it. On the tissue we placed a few drops of lemon grass oil, we have heard this is similar to the queen pheromone and can attract scout bees from a swarm.
Scout bees are sent out from a swarm to locate a suitable new home for the swarm, once a new place is located the swarm then moves en masse to the new location.
Swarming is a natural part of the bee’s life and is used to increase the bee’s survival. Unfortunately the bees don't locate a new home until they have left their old one.
We will hang this up in a nearby tree and see if we manage to attract a swarm. I made the box out of old pallets and other leftover wood. So it's definitely a work of functional art :).
I got the idea for lure from this YouTube video have a look if you get a chance:-
We will keep you posted if we have any success with the lure. Meanwhile here is a picture of New Zealand Wood Pigeon that landed in a nearby tree.